Institute for Transnational Social Change
The Institute for Transnational Social Change (ITSC) based at the UCLA Labor Center serves as a hub for crossborder collaboration among key worker-led organizations, like independent unions, worker centers, NGOs, and academics, in Mexico and the United States. Worker-led organizations on both sides of the border collaborate around the needs of a low-wage workforce and sectors in the transnational economy that are often difficult to reach, like migrant workers, garment workers, farm workers, and miners. ITSC’s activities aim to increase opportunities for crossborder collaboration and access to leadership development programs, health and safety trainings, and organizational capacity building.
Our cooperation with the Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Unidad Iztapalapa, along with our base of academic researchers at IRLE and other departments at UCLA promote key partnerships between universities to develop strategic applied research. ITSC’s binational approach incorporates new organizations and taps existing networks of experts, young academics, and graduate students from both sides of the border.